Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation in Grangeville. She was born Jan. 17, 1934 in Graham, N.C. to the late Agnes Ruth Campbell and Thurman Lofton Mercer.
Peggy attended school until graduating from summer high school in 1952. Peggy began her business career with Jefferson Standard Insurance Company.
On Nov. 20, 1954 Peggy married the love of her life, David Phillips in Greensboro, N.C. They moved to California and started their family. David worked as a machinist and Peggy was in charge of the house. Raising seven children and having many other kids from the neighborhood over kept her very busy.
Peggy served as church treasurer at First Southern Baptist Church in Culver City for 18 years. She joined the Culver City, Calif. Gideon Auxiliary in 1994 and was an active member until her death. Their desire to be near their children brought Peggy and David to Kamiah where they retired.
Peggy is survived by her husband David Phillips of 62 years, her daughters Kathy (John) Gunter of Clearwater, Diana (Tom) Upton of Orofino, sons David Keith Phillips of California, Gary Phillips of West Palm Beach, Fla., John Phillips of Orofino, sisters Ruth (Leonard) Oliver of Greensboro and Norma Ingram of Thomasville, N.C., 11 grandkids: Kameron and Kristin Phillips, Tina (Paul) Lane-Cavallo, Jay Lane, Holly Lynn Caruso, Jason Lama, Jeremia Phillips, Peggy Ann Milburn, Crystal Stancliffe, Justin Upton and David Upton, 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Peggy was preceded in death by her father Thurman Mercer, mother Agnes Mercer and by her sons James and Tony Phillips.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 4, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 108 Pine Rd., Kamiah. Rev. David M. Hunt of Kamiah will officiate. Burial will follow the church service at Clearwater Cemetery, in Clearwater. A dinner will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to Gideon Intl., Alzheimer’s Assoc. or Breast Cancer Research in memory of Peggy M. Phillips.